Off the Press: Electronic Publishing in the Arts
Session #5: Underground E-Publishing
23 MAY 2014, WORM
Public library embodies dreams and fantasies from the past about the future where it is possible to produce
knowledge about knowledge and where every member of society have free access to these resources. It is not a surprise that librarians who were dreaming about these epistemological heavens imagined the world without borders where people live in piece and prosperity. In only 100 years after Melvil Dewey, Paul Otlet, Henry La Fontain, Karl Wilhelm Bührer, Adolf Saagert, and many others were establishing Repertoire Bibliographique
Universel, Mundaneum, Die Brücke - Internationales Institut zur Organisierung der geistigen Arbeit, League of Nations, International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation or just helping public libraries all around the world give access to knowledge to every member of society, only 100 years after, all of these dreams will die with the
last of public library being shut down because of commercial interests of publishers and austerity measures.